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Managing Risk

Public sector bodies are notoriously risk averse but seem willing to accept huge amounts of ‘red’ risks in their risk registers, especially relating to technology. When I look at some of these registers, I am left thinking – if this was an airline, would I fly with it? Talking to a group of local authority finance directors about cyber risks, we discussed how they decide what to spend on information

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National Cyber Security Centre begins Operations

The new National Cyber Security Centre began its first day of operations on Monday 3rd October.  In a speech by Ciaran Martin, the new NCSC Chief Executive, at a Cyber Security Summit in Washington DC in September, he set out the UK’s new approach to cyber security. Security officials, Martin said were sometimes accused of seeking to thwart or slow the onset of the technology that underpins the digital revolution.

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Are you still relying on Legacy Systems?

The US Department of Defence recently admitted that the Strategic Automated Command and Control System that co-ordinates intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft still runs on a 1970s computer system and uses eight-inch floppy disks. This is not cutting edge technology;

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NCSC will be operational from October 2016

Matt Hancock, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, has confirmed that the new the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) announced by the Chancellor in November will open its doors in October 2016.  Ciaran Martin, currently Director General Cyber at GCHQ will lead it and Dr Ian Levy, currently Technical Director of Cyber Security at GCHQ, will be its Technical Director. The aim of the NCSC is bring

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Details emerging on massive attack on electricity grid

225,000 people were left without power for several hours in what is believed to be the first successful cyber-attack on an electricity grid.

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Securing ‘smart’ Infrastructure

Securing ‘smart’ Infrastructure – The Internet of Things is revolutionising the world around us, connecting everything from heart rate monitors to nuclear power stations, but in many cases security is lagging behind the development and expansion of functionality. As the Chancellor said in his recent speech at GCHQ, ‘the stakes could hardly be higher – if our electricity supply, air traffic control, or hospitals were successfully attacked, the impact could be measured not just in terms of economic damage but of lives lost’. Does ‘smart’ mean ‘exploitable’? How can we protect our smart cities and connected infrastructure?

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Sophisticated malware that spies on Skype users identified

A new threat targeting Skype users has been identified.  Dubbed T9000, it is a backdoor trojan that is able to infect a victim’s machine to steal files, take screengrabs, and record conversations.  According to researchers, the malware uses a multistage execution flow, which starts when victims open an RTF file that contains exploits for specific vulnerabilities.  It starts by checking for the presence of cyber defense solutions and malware analysis

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Government confirms its commitment to cyber with hard cash

The Autumn Statement commits to investing in cyber defences and information security, confirming a near doubling of spending to £1.9 billion over five years. This includes recruiting a further 1,900 specialist staff, establishing a single National Cyber Centre and a series of measures to designed to ensure that the UK has at its disposal the skills, tools and capabilities to defend itself in cyber space.

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The ‘Future of Information Security’

The DGSF is hosting a small Dinner and Roundtable discussion on Tuesday, 12th January, 2016 to discuss our latest report on the Future of Information Security. We will be considering

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Cyber Theft

For most of us ‘bank robbery’ conjures up images of sawn-off shotguns, balaclavas and car chases –   but like most things, crime has gone online and global.  The biggest ever bank robbery, affecting up to 100 banks and resulting in losses of perhaps $1bn (£648m), was recently committed using only computers and cyber know-how. The gang used carefully crafted emails to trick pre-selected employees into opening attachments infected with malicious

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